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What is GitHub Copilot?

Learn what GitHub Copilot is and what you can do with it.

GitHub Copilot is an AI coding assistant that helps you write code faster and with less effort, allowing you to focus more energy on problem solving and collaboration.

GitHub Copilot has been proven to increase developer productivity and accelerate the pace of software development. For more information, see "Research: quantifying GitHub Copilot’s impact on developer productivity and happiness" in the GitHub blog.

Copilot features

GitHub Copilot includes a suite of features. You can use Copilot to:

  • Get code suggestions as you type in your IDE
  • Chat with Copilot to ask for help with your code
  • Ask Copilot for help using the command line
  • Generate a description of the changes in a pull request (Copilot Enterprise only)
  • Create and manage collections of documentation, called knowledge bases, to use as a context for chatting with Copilot (Copilot Enterprise only)

Copilot is available:

  • In your IDE
  • In GitHub Mobile, as a chat interface
  • On the command line, through the GitHub CLI
  • On GitHub.com, with a subscription to Copilot Enterprise

For more information, see "GitHub Copilot features."

Getting access to Copilot

As an individual, there are a few different ways you can get access to GitHub Copilot:

As an organization owner, you can purchase a subscription to GitHub Copilot Business for your organization. See "S’abonner à Copilot pour votre organisation." If your organization is owned by an enterprise that has a Copilot subscription, you can ask your enterprise owner to enable Copilot for your organization by going to https://github.com/settings/copilot and requesting access under "Get Copilot from an organization."

As an enterprise owner, you can purchase a subscription to GitHub Copilot Business or GitHub Copilot Enterprise for your enterprise, and allow organizations to grant access to members. See "Abonnement à Copilot pour votre entreprise."

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